Especially with sweaters there are many misconceptions, yet it is simple and fast to wash them.
For lazy readers:
- Turn on the wool wash cycle, set 20 to 30 degrees.
- Run program with spin
- leave to dry lying flat on a clothes horse
- steam from the inside briefly without pressure
No matter what brand, whether cotton, wool or even cashmere, every sweater should be machine washed on the wool cycle, even if the sign says hand wash on the care label. Unfortunately, there is no sign for the wool wash cycle. In no case should you confuse the wool wash cycle with the delicate wash cycle.
Turn sweaters "inside out" or "inside out", all mean the same thing. Dark and especially fine parts rather wash at 20 degrees to a maximum of 30 degrees. As a detergent you can take any mild detergent, preferably an ecological one. Additives are not necessary, a special wool detergent is not mandatory.
Please do not use fabric softener, you never need, so really never.
Run the wool wash cycle through completely, even with the light spin. The complete wash cycle is gentler than any hand wash.
Remove the sweaters from the drum and pull them into shape a bit. If you are brave, put the sweaters in a dryer in the wool program. But you don't have to do that, just lay them flat on a clothes horse, maybe put a towel underneath.
Wool appreciates it if you steam the sweater afterwards from the inside without pressure. This can be saved when drying in the dryer, but only in a modern dryer with a wool program.
Regular washing, starting before the first wear, makes the sweater softer and softer without losing its shape. Because by washing the wool strengthens a little, prevents or slows down the formation of nodules.